Post 10/8/18 – Beatrix 

LGBTQ Culturally Sensitive Terminology

Intersectionality is an analytic framework which attempts to identify how interlocking systems of power impact those who are most marginalized in society.

Gender identity is the personal sense of one’s own gender. Gender identity can correlate with assigned sex at birth or can differ from it. All societies have a set of gender categories that can serve as the basis of the formation of a person’s social identity in relation to other members of society.

Gender expression are the aspects of a person’s behavior, mannerisms, interests, and appearance that are associated with gender in a particular cultural context, specifically with the categories of femininity or masculinity.

Cisgender is a term for people whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth. Cisgender may also be defined as those who have “a gender identity or perform a gender role society considers appropriate for one’s sex”.

Genderqueer, also known as non-binary, is a catch-all category for gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine—identities which are outside the gender binary and cisnormativity.

Gender Fluid is a gender identity best described as a dynamic mix of boy and girl. A person who is Gender Fluid may always feel like a mix of the two traditional genders, but may feel more boy some days, and more girl other days. Being Gender Fluid has nothing to do with which set of genitalia one has, nor their sexual orientation.

Heterosexism is a system of attitudes, bias, and discrimination in favor of opposite-sex sexuality and relationships.

Transphobia is a range of negative attitudes, feelings or actions toward transgender or transsexual people, or toward transsexuality.

Biphobia is aversion toward bisexuality and toward bisexual people as a social group or as individuals. It can take the form of denial that bisexuality is a genuine sexual orientation, or of negative stereotypes about people who are bisexual.

A lesbian is a homosexual woman. The word lesbian is also used to describe women in terms of their sexual identity or sexual behavior regardless of sexual orientation, or as an adjective to characterize or associate nouns with female homosexuality or same-sex attraction.

Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual. Bisexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction, or sexual behavior toward both males and females, or romantic or sexual attraction to people of any sex or gender identity; this latter aspect is sometimes alternatively termed pansexuality.

Transgender people have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their assigned sex. Transgender people are sometimes called transsexual if they desire medical assistance to transition from one sex to another.

Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities who are not heterosexual or cisgender. Originally meaning “strange” or “peculiar”, queer came to be used pejoratively against those with same-sex desires or relationships in the late 19th century. Beginning in the late 1980s, queer scholars and activists began to reclaim the word to establish community and assert an identity distinct from the gay identity. People who reject traditional gender identities and seek a broader and deliberately ambiguous alternative to the label LGBT may describe themselves as queer.

Questioning of one’s gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or all three is a process of exploration by people who may be unsure, still exploring, and concerned about applying a social label to themselves for various reasons.

Two-Spirit is a modern, pan-Indian, umbrella term used by some indigenous North Americans to describe certain people in their communities who fulfill a traditional third-gender ceremonial role in their cultures.

Intersex people are born with any of several variations in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals that, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, “do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies”. Such variations may involve genital ambiguity, and combinations of chromosomal genotype and sexual phenotype other than XY-male and XX-female.

Non-Binary (see also genderqueer) describes any gender identity which does not fit within the binary of male and female. A straight ally or heterosexual ally is a heterosexual person who supports equal civil rights, gender equality, LGBT social movements, and challenges homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Despite this, some people who meet this definition do not identify themselves as straight allies.

A straight ally believes that LGBT people face discrimination and thus are socially and economically disadvantaged. They aim to use their position as heterosexual or cisgender individuals in a society focused on heteronormativity to fight homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.


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Post 10/17/17

Please RSVP and tell us what you’re interested in helping GAP achieve here: 

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Post 10/6/17



Post 9/29/17

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  Don’t forget about this incredible event coming up!


Post 9/16/17





SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  From the CEO of Capitol Hill Housing  (EVENT on 9/21 from 5:30-7:30 PM at Gay City)

This week we are excited to introduce a new project that will bring Seattle its first (that we are aware of) affordable housing development designed to be affirming to LGBTQ seniors.

We are planning to redevelop the parking lot of the Helen V Apartments at 14th and Union. The Helen V, which CHH has owned for 16 years, serves as an affordable home for low-income seniors and individuals with permanent disabilities. This project will upgrade the Helen V, add an entirely new mixed-use building with affordable homes, and create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ elders in our neighborhood to age in place.

For the past few months, we’ve been meeting with dozens of LGBTQ-serving organizations to better understand how we can leverage design, social programs and health interventions in the building to support aging LGBTQ community members.   

This project supports our LGBTQ elders who, compared to their peers, are more likely to live in poverty, be at higher risk for illness, and have less support of children or biological family. LGBTQ seniors often find themselves isolated in traditional retirement communities, and are frequently forced back into the closet to survive.

As an organization with deep roots on Capitol Hill, we seek opportunities to meet emergent needs in this community. At a time when rising rents and rapid change threaten the neighborhood’s LGBTQ identity, projects like this embody our commitment, above and beyond developing affordable housing, to building vibrant and engaged communities. 

This project will be financed with LIHTC, public funds and bank financing.  In a community where there is a significant need for affordable housing, there is also a significant demand on resources.  Timing of the development will not be known until all financing is secured.   

We’ll have more to share in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, I invite you to join us on September 21st from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at Gay City’s Calamus Auditorium for an evening of food, speakers and conversation about health and housing for LGBTQ elders. You can register for the event here, or RSVP on Facebook.  

Christopher Persons, CEO

Post 9/15/17

SPECIAL EVENT:  LGBTQ Veterans’ Issues Listening Session with Rep Jayapal’s staff

As part of our efforts to greater connect with all District 7 constituents, we would like to invite you to a listening session on LGBTQ veterans’ issues at Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s District Office with her staff. The Congresswoman’s office scheduled this session for September 27th, 2017 from 12-1pm at the District Office so that our staff can gain a greater insight into issues specifically affecting LGBTQ veterans. As a long-time defender of both LGBTQ and veterans’ rights, the Congresswoman is especially interested in hearing from members of this unique community on their current challenges regarding the systems with which they interact.

The main goals of this meeting will be to expand our understanding of LGTBQ veteran’s issues, facilitate a dialogue with Rep. Jayapal’s office and the LGBTQ veterans community, to increase an awareness of and identify issues affecting this constituency, and to create a safe space that can be used as a conduit to raise these issues in Congress. Also, we aim to make sure this community is aware of the different services our office provides, such as casework, and ensure these are available to constituents.

We at the District Office would so value your perspective at this meeting, and urge you to bring your questions, concerns, and ideas regarding these issues with you.

If you can attend this discussion, please RSVP with me directly.  If you know of LGBTQ veterans who would be interested in a conversation like this one, please share this email with them.   

What: LGBTQ Veterans’ Issues Listening Session with Rep Jayapal’s staff

When: September 27th, 2017 12-1:30pm

Where: Representative Jayapal’s District Office (1904 3rd Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 – 2nd floor conference room)

RSVP/ (cell phone)


Zach Carstensen

Director, Outreach and Engagement

Office of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)

(206) 674-0040 (office) | |


Post 7/7/17


We have just heard from the Washington Won’t Discriminate campaign that the dangerous attempt to roll back our non-discrimination laws has FAILED:
For the second time in as many years, Washingtonians have come together to drive discrimination out of our state. Hundreds of businesses – from the very smallest to the very largest in our state – joined together to loudly proclaim that Washington businesses don’t discriminate! Thank you to all the GSBA members and friends who worked so hard on the campaign and among your own communities to affirm the dignity of all people. With other states around the country facing similar measures, let’s make Washington a model for the rest of the United States!
A huge thanks to all those who put so much time and energy into the Washington Won’t Discriminate campaign, particularly campaign chair Seth Kirby.
Our community is strong and resilient, and this is truly a day to celebrate.
For equality,
All your friends at GSBA
Alanna, Amy, Carlos, Cody, Ilona, Jason, Louise, Mark, Matt, Rachel, and Travis



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CHECK OUT Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen’s article in the Seattle Times

Jennifer, right, and Mary Ware at a vigil in Orlando, Florida, June 13, 2016, a day after a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub. (David Goldman/AP)




Announcement:  Aging the LGBTQ Way – A Forum on Equity, Respect & Inclusion

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray invites you to attend Aging the LGBTQ Way, a forum on equity, respect, and inclusion.

Dr. Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, University of Washington School of Social Work, will share information from Aging with Pride, the first federally-funded longitudinal research project examining the health, aging, and well-being over time of LGBTQ older adults ( Other presentations and activities will focus on LGBTQ equity, respect, and social inclusion; economic and housing security; social and civic engagement; and aging, health, and community services.

Help develop recommendations for Age-Friendly Seattle. Attend workshops, build intergenerational relationships, and get resources for optimal aging. It’s a full day dedicated to aging well!

This event is FREE. Lunch and dinner are included, so RSVPs are appreciated at

For accommodations, accessibility information, language interpretation, or childcare, contact Terry Ann at 206-386-1521 or

The planning team for this forum includes representatives from Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center, Generations Aging with Pride, Ingersoll Gender Center, POCAAN, Seattle LGBTQ Commission, UW School of Social Work, and the City of Seattle (Seattle Office of the Mayor, Aging King County(Aging and Disability Services), Seattle Human Services, and Seattle Office for Civil Rights). For more information, e-mail